Andre Paul Croteau, a successful Visual Artist and Fashion Designer, resides today in Miami, FL. It is interesting to point out how a skillful merger of two creative disciplines, such as Fashion Design and Visual Art, has the potential to form an exquisite balanced eye for beauty, composition and equilibrium, which are an important foundation for the development of the Artist career, when conceiving his oeuvre. In the work of Croteau we can admire his mastership in the use of color, texture and a diversity of unique objects or materials to conceive attractive original Artworks that are on the borderline of Abstraction with interesting figurative sparks. His works glow creates feelings and are extremely pleasant to viewers, as well as very appropriate for enhancing the spaces in which they are installed. Abstraction is constantly evolving with new meanings and ways of representation, and today we can contemplate an interesting fusion among the nonrepresentational and the figurative based on common issues and images that experienced Andre Paul Croteau, transforms in intriguing and provoking depictions that engage viewers, creating relevant thoughts and personal feelings. To contemplate his artistic collages is a visual and intellectual experience. Andre Paul has a keen eye for detail and a great talent with the medium. He plays with symbolic images that in his artwork acquire a distinct meaning. Russian Abstract Master, Wassily Kandinsky, 1866-1944, told about 100 years ago: “Sensibility will always remain as the last instance…” and, I would add: “…as the first source for human inspiration.” Art leads to simultaneously experiencing the effects of colors, forms or symbols to depict feeling. Viewers reach intimate sensations that artists provoke in their works.
Emotion is paramount, taking over subjects with simplified or created forms, re-inventing movement and volume. His biography says: Croteau received his formal training at New York’s renowned Fashion Institute of Technology and remained in New York for the majority of his fashion career, creating such luxury houses as Saks Fifth Avenue, Piero Dimitri Couture, Paul Stuart and Alexander Julian, before relocating to Metropolitan Miami. His frequent research travel, throughout Europe, Asia and South America has yielded a well-informed creative base of aesthetics upon which to draw. Sometimes the freshest vision can be born from a cross-pollination of the creative disciplines. After 30 years, designing men’s fashion, Andre Croteau has turned his seasoned instincts towards the fine arts.
Croteau creates “luxury friezes” … resin-based canvases that evoke a glossy, shiny sense of life, energy and well-being for those that experience them. The study of “color and light” has long held a fascination. Light, and the way it interacts with these colorful, abstract features is an integral part of every artistic dialogue. Initially looking for a contemporary sensibility, within which to capture his love for the brilliance of stained glass, Croteau has coined an opulent and organic style that’s infused with an amalgam of color, movement, shine and depth. Beneath the surface his work captures a more-personal, expressionist conversation. The genesis of every “visual exploration” is a conceptual destination that points the process in an aesthetic direction. That said, Croteau does not seek to firmly control the outcome, but rather allows each piece to pragmatically evolve until it reaches its own peaceful conclusion… when it’s finally “at rest”… yet a more-random transformation continues-on, right until the point that the composition becomes frozen in time, forever. The artist has used this same approach throughout his creative career and sees it as a greater metaphor for the unscripted, worry-free way in which he ultimately aspires to lead his life. The ideas of imperfection, transformation and chance are central to his work.
Andre Paul Croteau Artist Statement: “Light-reflective “opulent friezes”. Hand-poured, resin-layered panels collaged with sculpted fabrics and objects. The subtleties of varied light absorption and transparency is central to the work, as well as the ideas of transformation, imperfection and chance.”
Presented by Contemporary Art Projects USA, Andre Paul Croteau was exhibited at Art Santa Fe, Art Wynwood and Red Dot Art Fair during Art Basel Week 2019.